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Summer fun, custody challenges

Summer break is here and that means spending more time with your children at home or on vacation. While this is something most parents look forward to, it may also cause issues if you have to figure out how to share your children with an ex-spouse or former partner. Some families in New York need different custody arrangements during the summer than they do during the school year. But setting up a new parenting plan and transitioning to the new schedule can take a bit of effort.

What changes do you need? When should they start? When should they end? These are all great questions that both parents will need to discuss.

When children are stuck in the middle of a divorce

You probably hoped you would beat the odds and that you and your spouse would live happily ever after. Reality can be cruel, and now you are facing a divorce. You may also be getting the feeling that your spouse is going to complicate the custody issue, and he or she may already have filed for sole custody.

Keys to Rember When Choosing a Lawyer, Part 2

Thumbnail image for Choose the Right lawyer (1).pngThe Intangibles that your Lawyer brings to the table are perhaps the most important to consider in the area of Divorce and Custody. By intangibles, I mean the personality of your potential lawyer; the outlook of your potential lawyer; or your potential lawyer's philosophy and approach to resolving divorce and custody matters. You may think you want a "bulldog," but it's important to dig deeper than that. The Intangibles of Vibe, Philosophy, Perspective.

Keys to Remember when Choosing a Lawyer, Part 1

Choose the Right lawyer (1).pngOf course, the first question on everyone's mind when served with divorce or custody papers (or when starting an action), is "how much is this gonna cost me." Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for any lawyer to give you a definite answer, especially in the area of divorce and custody. The reason being is that there are just too many unknown variables. One thing for sure, however, is the quicker you and your spouse or partner can reach an agreement, then the less money it should cost you. So what goes into a typical fee?  

What should you do when there is conflict between co-parents?

New York parents know that there are many benefits to co-parenting, but it can be a difficult journey, especially after the divorce process. It is common for parents to have conflict as they co-parent, but it is important to resolve these matters quickly and effectively.

When a co-parenting plan becomes difficult, the most important matter is to protect the best interests of the children. It may be necessary to have the help of a third party in order to foster communication between parents and identify reasonable solutions. A co-parenting coach is skilled in providing guidance for parents in these situations.

Dear Mom/Dad, Remember Me this Holiday season

     Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Around the corner Christmas, Hanukka and New Years.  Vacations and days off from school, all work to alter the routine parenting schedule.  These times bring joy, but are also fodder for confusion, anxiety, stress, overwhelm and lastly-court battles over holiday and vacation access. Let's stop the madness.  If your kids could really tell you what they want and how they feel, I bet it would go something like this:


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